“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
On This Date…
On July 14, 1217 Brother Hroznata, a Norbertine of the Abbey of Tepl in the Czech Republic, died of starvation in prison at age 47; he was confined there by men trying to steal the abbey’s property. He married as a young man but after his wife and young child died, he offered his lands and possessions to the Norbertine Order for the foundation of an abbey; he joined Tepl in 1202. His cult as a martyr was confirmed by Rome in 1897. Blessed Hroznata is buried above an altar in the Abbey of Tepl.
On July 14, 1789 a large crowd of Parisians captured the Bastille, an old fortress used as a prison. Since then, the people of France have celebrated July 14 as their national holiday (like July 4th). Tonight some who had gathered in Nice, France for fireworks lost their lives in an attack.
On July 14 the Church honors Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to be canonized a saint (in 2012); she had smallpox as a child, causing poor eyesight and an unsteady walk. She was baptized at age 20 and received First Holy Communion at age 21. She died in 1680 at age 24.
As we remember Blessed Hroznata, Saint Kateri, and those who struggle for freedom and peace, we can take to heart Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest”.
– Father McLaughlin